Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Law Professors Agree: Obama Has Executive Power To Provide Relief To DREAMers


"Since the DREAM Act was narrowly defeated in Congress in December 2010, DREAMers around the country have been calling on President Obama to provide executive relief to immigrant youth and their families.  However, the Obama Administration has repeatedly stalled, saying that they lack the legal authority to grant this type of relief.  Legal experts disagree.  On a press call Friday, legal experts in conjunction with DREAM leaders discussed the details of a newly released memo to the White House, in which nearly 100 law professors have outlined the legal mechanisms by which the President could grant executive relief. ... As Michael Olivas, Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center said, 'It’s never been a question of legal authority.  It’s been about political will